Multimedia project from Bolivia

Silvia Lazarte, president of the Constituent Assembly

Recovering the lifestories of the most prominent Bolivian women in recent history is a core part of our work. Nowadays, Silvia Lazarte is out of political life and earns her live cultivating soybean in a little terrain in Santa Cruz Department.

Nevertheless, it was her who leaded the Bolivian Constituent Assembly between 2006 and 2007, being the first peasant woman occupying such a position in Latin America. She politically surged in the Trópico de Cochabamba as a union leader of coca growers and was a political companion to the current president Evo Morales.

As weel as several union and political leaders in Bolivia, incluying the president and some former ministers, Lazarte could not finish her secondary education due to economical limitations of her family. That was not an obstacle to play a major role in the so-called “process of change”, as the current political period which started with the electoral victory of the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) in 2005 is known.

We visited Lazarte in her terrain, where she received as to talk about her political experience.

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La Sole, a woman in front of a difficult city

Soledad Chapetón or “La Sole”, as called by the citizens, is the mayor of El Alto. Woman, young and member of the opposition, Sole is leading a city located at 4.000 meters high which has been an essential bastion for Evo Morales’ party, the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS).

Leonilda Zurita: a journey from unionism to politics

Leonilda Zurita started her activism in coca grower’s unions being very young. She leaded several protests in the 90’s and 2000’s, together with the current president Evo Morales, claiming for the legalization of coca crops and the end of military intervention in Chapare area, clashing against both the policy of the former Bolivian government and USA’s. She was an executive from Confederación Bartolina Sisa, the most prominent peasant women union in Bolivia, and she is nowadays a regional politician in Cochabamba.